‘Multiple Positive Outcomes’ for the CALCIVIS imaging system – Justin Smith

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  Posted by: Dental Design      3rd November 2018

Revolutionising the dentistry sector with the world’s very first biotech dental product, the innovative CALCIVIS imaging device has now been launched in the UK.


The CALCIVIS imaging system supports preventive, minimally invasive dentistry by providing practitioners with a means of visualising active demineralisation for the first time ever. Using a luminescent photoprotein with an integral sensor, the CALCIVIS imaging system identifies free calcium ions on tooth surfaces and produces a glowing, visual map, of active demineralisation at the chair side.

This ground-breaking technology helps practitioners to identify demineralisation at its earliest, most reversible stage, so that prompt preventive management can be applied. The CALCIVIS imaging system is also a highly effective educational tool within the treatment room. It enables patients to better understand their oral health status, the reason behind the minimally invasive, or preventive, treatment pathway proposed by their clinician, and increases motivation regarding oral health home care measures.

After introducing the product to dental professionals and patients last year, the CALCIVIS team have since published the results of a field evaluation, which was conducted as part of the product’s beta testing in 2017.[1]This revealed high levels of satisfaction from both dental professionals and patients in the clinical setting and highlights the long-term benefits and potential of this truly outstanding device.

Designed as qualitative observational research, twelve dental professionals took part in the field study and completed a total of 180 CALCIVIS imaging system procedures with their patients, . Procedures were undertaken including 31 on paediatric patients (6 to 16 years of age), 84 on young adults (18-34), 40 on middle-aged adults (35-54) and 25 on patients over the age of 55. The gender balance was 50% males and 50% females.

Following the imaging procedure, patients or their parents/carers were asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire regarding their experience. Similarly, the dental professionals were asked to summarise their experience and opinion of the CALCIVIS imaging system. This resulted in the following conclusion:

Participating dental professionals were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” in 75% of all imaging procedures performed and 92% of patients had either a “favourable” or “very favourable” opinion of the CALCIVIS imaging system.

The study also aimed to extract the key determinants of satisfaction and, from the dental professionals’ perspective, it was confirmed that the CALCIVIS imaging system:

  • Provides very clear images of various tooth surfaces.
  • Makes undetectableactive caries and erosive lesions visible.
  • Improves diagnostic confidence regarding dental caries and erosive lesions.
  • Creates a comfortable patient experience and improves the patient-provider trust/relationship.
  • Enables minimally invasive treatment recommendations.
  • Improves patient education, motivation and attitudes towards the oral healthcare provider.
  • Improves management of low dental caries-risk and enhances patient compliance.
  • Facilitates education and communication with paediatric patients and their parents/carers.

From the patients’ point of view, there were multiple positive outcomes and the factors that influenced their levels of satisfaction were:

  • Simple, quick and efficient.
  • Produces quality images.
  • Interesting and patient-engaging imaging procedure.
  • Pain-free and comfortable.
  • Innovative and trendy technology.
  • Perceived to be safer than X-rays and images seem to be easier to understand.

Likewise, the six main benefits that patients associated with the CALCIVIS imaging were:

  • An efficient patient-education tool that allows providers to communicate customised information about dental decay and patients’ oral health;
  • A procedure that may reduce some of their fears about the dental visit, dental drills, and filling procedures;
  • A valued reassurance and communication from their provider demonstrating expertise as the imaging procedure is being explained;
  • Improvements in patient satisfaction with the dental visit and routine examination;
  • Improved trust with the provider regarding the clinical diagnosis of dental caries, assessment of their patient oral health, and treatment recommendations; and
  • Better communication and improved understanding of preventive and/or minimally invasive dentistry procedures.

In terms of assessing the long-term benefits and how potentially useful the CALCIVIS imaging system may be within the clinical setting, the results of the study suggested that:


  • The CALCIVIS imaging system offers effective communication between oral healthcare providers and patients, which was found to be associated with multiple positive outcomes.
  • It appears that routine CALCIVIS imaging procedures during dental examinations and/or dental hygiene/therapy appointments could lead to improvements in patients’ oral health literacy and education (e.g., caries/erosive lesions activity and the demineralisation/remineralisation balance).
  • The CALCIVIS imaging procedure can improve patients’ acceptance of preventive and operative procedures recommended by their dental practitioner, as well as their compliance with dental home preventive measures (oral hygiene behaviour, dietary advice).
  • The CALCIVIS imaging system can help increase patients’ perception of the quality of the dental care they receive as well as their satisfaction with dental visits, and patients’ oral health quality of life.

This influential assessment also indicated that the new CALCIVIS imaging system represents the potential to expand business and build dental practices by adding value, improving patient loyalty and satisfaction, encouraging referrals, attracting new patients and increasing productivity.

Ultimately, the CALCIVIS imaging system provides the opportunity for practitioners and their patients to visualise the previously undetectable, take a look into the future and to accelerate preventive dentistry.


For more information visit www.calcivis.com, call on 0131 658 5152 or email at info@calcivis.com


[1]Alban Fabien Gandais, Adam Christie, Bruce Vernon, and Amanda Gallie (RDT). Field evaluation of the CALCIVIS imaging system in the clinical setting with dental professionals and their patients in the UK (2017)



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